Mad for Plaid
Buffalo plaid was a hot pattern in Christmas decor this year, and its appeal continues well into 2016. But watch for this classic pattern to go beyond the traditional applications of flannel bedding and lumberjack shirts -- it's showing up in the most unexpected places. Rendered large-scale, buffalo plaid wallpaper appeals to those craving a country aesthetic with contemporary flair.
Hit the Floor
Encaustic cement tiles are the look of the moment. Widely used throughout Europe, these colorful tiles have been around since medieval times and can bring an old-world charm to any space. From swirling intricate motifs to modern geometrics, bold hues to traditional black and white, you are sure to find an encaustic tile to suit most any space. Different colors of clay are used to create each tile, so the patterns will never wear off. Use them in small doses to create high impact on a backsplash or in an entryway, or go for drama by covering an entire room floor, no rug needed.
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Shipshape with Shiplap
To add subtle texture and interest to your walls, why not clad them in shiplap? Laid horizontally and painted a classic white, shiplap planks lend a rustic feel that works well in farmhouse interiors. But this is a look that can translate to more contemporary spaces as well. Pair crisp shiplap with clean-lined furniture and modern lighting for a refined look that reads more coastal than country.
Florals are a trend that never go out of style, but you can make them feel fresh by using them to make a small but high-impact statement. In this bedroom, the extra-long floral lumbar pillow grabs all the attention. A floral-covered accent chair or ottoman would have a similar effect without overpowering the room.
Who wouldn't want to live in a Parisian pied-a-terre? Bring French flair to your home with a classic herringbone floor. Traditional wood floors get a new spin with the planks laid in a simple herringbone design. This pattern works just as well on walls. Instead of a typical running-bond subway tile pattern, add a dash of the unexpected to your kitchen backsplash or shower walls by laying your ceramic tile in a herringbone pattern instead.